Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked by WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan this morning if they can still win the Super Bowl without tight end Rob Gronkowski.
“That’s perfect for you guys to talk about all day, but that’s not something that we engage in or talk about those types of things,” said Brady via the Boston Herald. “However it ends up playing out — I don’t know anything about the injury or severity of it — but we’ve got a talented group of players that are playing. Every team has players that they wish were out there every down, and if they’re not out there every down you’ve still got to find a way to win.”
Brady says they have find a different way to win with Gronk out.
“You just have to find a different formula. That’s the important part,” Brady said. “Gronk provides a certain margin of error because of how talented a player he is. The other guys play different roles for us. Those roles are going to have to just shift, kind of what we did on the last two drives of the game. We ended up going four wide receivers at points. (At) different points, we had more with (James) Develin and (Matthew) Mulligan on the field. We’re going to have to make due. Whatever the combinations are, if Gronk’s not out there, then we have to try to figure those out.
“We’re going to go down to Miami with confidence that we’re going to win the game, I know that — confidence in our game plan, confidence in what we’re doing and what we’re asking all the players to do. It may be different than what the game plan was with Gronk in there, but we’re just going to have to try to figure it out.”
While Julian Edelman has been a great replacement for Wes Welker, the Pats need Danny Amendola to stay healthy in order to compensate for the loss of Gronk.